Recently I bought a DVD from the charity shop, I won't divulge the name of it for now (clue: it stars John Travolta and Bruce Willis, but it's not Pulp Fiction..) I'll just say I wasn't overly proud of my purchase. But it made me wonder what it is about some films that turns them into 'guilty pleasures'.
There are some films from childhood that I still love, and don't seem to cross over into 'guilty' territory. The Princess Bride, Big, My Girl and Home Alone are still brilliant, but others... (Turner & Hooch?) seem to fall into the guilty category. I remember as a kid my brother loved Mission Impossible and was dead proud of the fact he had watched it a whopping 32 times. But then tastes change over the years!
Maybe a good way of judging whether a film should be classed as a guilty pleasure would be how highly it's rated on IMDB. Anything less than a 6 doesn't seem too good... My Girl would scrape by with a 6.4, whereas Look Who's Talking (my guilty purchase) only gets 5.6. But I enjoyed it anyway! Another category would be the genre commonly known as 'chick flicks' - Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman.. both pretty enjoyable still, I reckon! Sex & the City 2? The 3.9 score is about right.
Do you have any guilty pleasure films to add to the list? Or should we just be proud of all the films we enjoy?